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March 11, 2012 - 11:50pm
Thank you so much for your informative site!! I often reference it & refer others to it also. I recently had the opportunity to be pierced by Becky of Cold Steel in San Francisco. This was back in Sept. at the Folsom Street Fair 2011. I decided to go big & get both my nipples & a VCH piercing as my first body piercings!! I had a wonderful experience with both Becky & Paul. They were both very personable and informative. They made the experience safe, clean, and comfortable despite the fact that I was pierced in a tent at a street fair of all places. Your website has also provided me with the knowledge I needed to find other skilled, professional piercers closer to home. It is very comforting to know that you are in good hands, esp for those intimate piercings. Thank you for your book & your contributions to the piercing community. :)
March 10, 2012 - 11:06pm
I just wanted to comment on how great and helpful the referral page was! I went to see John C. Johnson in Long Beach for a VCH. He's one of the closest referrals to me (an hour's drive) and I'm not sure I could have found a better person close to me. I've been looking into the VCH for over a year now and I was not about to let just anyone near me with a needle down there! But after looking at his website I felt really confident about him- he is currently the elected VP of the APP, so you know he's up to date on all safety and health stuff. I wasn't going to bring anyone with me (or really even mention it to anyone since I got it for me and not anyone else) so it was very important to me that I feel comfortable to go by myself. He was very nice and polite and the pain was over before I knew it. I got lost on the way there making my trip there a total of a 3 hour drive, but when I called him he gave me directions and even offered to look up my location on the computer.
Because of this site, I was able to ask all of the right questions until I could find someone who gave me all of the right answers (if you find someone who doesn't use a NRT for the VCH, then you need to run away and find someone else who does- try the referrals page here!). Because of that, my piercing is a great success! Looking at it I'm confident that it was done well and right (it's straight and placed correctly). I've only had it since this past Thursday (which to my surprise turned out to be International Women's Day- what a fun way to celebrate!) but it's doing great. I haven't had any issues.
Everything worked out great because of this site and the referrals page! If you're looking for a piercer in your area, try the referrals page. John is an hours drive from me, but it was well worth it. Even when I got lost driving there AND home making what should have been a 2 hour trip 5 hours in total... but that was my fault. And it was still worth it!
P.S. If you're thinking about a hood piercing, personally for me it hurt less than the navel piercing did but was obviously in a more sensitive area and was more abrupt. But it's been worth it.
March 9, 2012 - 12:36pm
I can only echo the value of The Piercing Bible. It is recommended reading for everyone interested in piercing.
March 8, 2012 - 10:03pm
I just wanted to leave some notes about my experience with Eric at Obscurities in Dallas!
The piercing room was clean, he wore a surgical mask, made sure that I was clean and ready. He autoclaved everything AND my VCH jewlery (he had to take it out to examine me and pierce me). He made sure I knew about how intense the Triangle piercing was going to be compared to my VCH but also allayed my fears. The entire piercing process itself was a breeze. I wouldn't even consider it pain - it was just INTENSE. But the intensity only lasted maybe two seconds before I was back to normal. I will almost venture to say that my Triangle was less painful than my VCH! I already felt back to normal when I was on the piercing table, and he made sure to tuck it for me and explain sex, oral sex, and aftercare to me.
Although it was the first time I had ever been to this piercer, I trusted him with my lady bits. He was knowledgable, experienced and easy to talk to. You even came up in our conversation! He let me know about what he was doing and why. It was a wonderful experience. I can honestly say I would get a triangle over and over again with no fear. I plan on coming back to him for any of my future piercings!
March 5, 2012 - 9:19pm
As I was beginning my apprenticeship, I noticed The Piercing Bible sitting on the book shelf in our shop. I began reading through it on our downtime, and quickly decided that I needed to purchase my own copy for home. I took notes, I tagged pages, and I read it through twice! To this day, I will still go back and check my notes to make sure that I am giving the right advice to my customers. I am so thankful for this book, for helping me become comfortable, confident, and even more passionate about work. I have had so many customers thank me for educating them about a specific piercing, and for even telling them when the piercing that they want just isn't practical for their body (and suggesting to them what may work better!) I recommend this book to anyone thinking about being pierced, and for anyone aspiring to become a safe and educated body piercer! Elayne, thank you. You are truly and inspiration.
Comment by angel
Thanks so much for the wonderful feedback. I really appreciate it! I'm so glad my book has been helpful to you and your clients!
March 2, 2012 - 8:26pm
I recently visited Tiffany Diamond at Lady Luck Tattoo in Waterford, Michigan. I found her on your piercer referrals tab. I drove an hour to have her pierce my nipples. She was professional and considerate and very knowledgeable. I had gotten a VCH from somewhere else and had a feeling it may have been in the wrong spot and I asked if she would take a look and she did confirm suspicions. I knew I should have went to her in the first place. She used a drawing to show me the placement it should have been in. I removed it and I will be visiting her again in 4 weeks to have that redone. I couldnt have been more pleased with her. Very nice shop! I highly recommend if you are in Michigan visit Tiffany Diamond at Lady Luck! She Rocks!
February 29, 2012 - 9:00pm
Hi Elayne, I was recently pierced by a piercer named Allison who was taught by you in a class you gave as well as she had a personalized autographed copy of your book. I am in Northern Ohio and never dreamed I would find a piercer that knew you personally by acccident! My regular piercer was out on maternity leave and Allison is there in her place. After learning she was taught by you and she showed me her (well used) copy of The Piercing Bible, I felt very comfortable!
I got the VCH piercing and let me say, it's been 8 days and I am in love!!! I can't thank you enough for your website which I have been on almost constantly since having it done and all the information in your blog. You are an amazing woman!!! THANK YOU!
February 22, 2012 - 4:40pm
This "Bible" is a MUST read for any and all that are either piercing now, future piercees, or those that have any questions or just a desire to learn more about the wonderful, exciting world of body piercing.Written in a straight forward style by the Maven of body piercing, Elayne Angel. Specifically the genitalia applications. I was very impressed with all aspects of the publication. Well organized, very informative. Written in a manner, that most anyone will be able to understand. Anyone that has any comprehensive reading skills at all. I have no doubts that it will find it's way onto the shelf of any reputable piercer and/or his shop.
February 20, 2012 - 8:10am
I was so excited to learn that Elayne was going to be in Atlanta that i planned this visit for more than 2 months! This visit went smooth, was very pleasant and informative and I got to see a true professional in action. I'm so thrilled to see Elayne has encouraged so many to step up to the plate and be proactive with education and sanitation. What an inspiration she is! Wonderful woman with a beautiful personality and an absolutely comforting bedside manner. Thank you Elayne!
February 18, 2012 - 9:59pm
I want to Thank you again. My experience was amazing. Thank you for everything.. I will be flying to see you again.
February 18, 2012 - 6:39pm
Yes!!! Finally got a VCH and two inner labia piercings by Elayne Angel during her recent visit to Atlanta. She is an enchanting petite woman with gorgeous art-work and brilliant piercings, as soon as I saw her I gave her a hug and she hugged me back :), I was so excited to meet her. I have to admit that I was nervous at first, but Elayne made me totally comfortable. She is very professional and she has an amazing and sweet personality, completely put me at ease.
As far as the piercing, it just felt like a quick pinch and then she soothed the area with a cool cloth immediately afterwards:). She is very easy to talk to and she answered all of my rambling questions (lol). I read Elayne's blog before I got my VCH done and the posting about a woman reclaiming her body by getting pierced was especially touching, I cried when I read it at home and even cried at the piercing shop after she had completed my piercings. I commend Elayne for helping people to overcome such a sensitive situation and adding that posting to her blog. Wow! I never thought it would evoke so many strong emotions, and Elayne was great and so understanding :). I gave her a hug when I left and I can't wait for her to come back to ATL! (I even asked her to move here lol!) I will try to get pierced by her every time she comes back to visit :). I LOVE my new piercings!!!
If you're considering getting pierced, then ask Elayne's advice, buy the book because it has alot of information that you will definitely need, and get pierced by her, she is absolutely the best, hands down, and beautiful inside and out, I honestly don't think you can find anyone like her anywhere else. She has so many great qualities that many piercees desire in a piercer. When you meet her you can tell that she is a genuine person and that she really loves her profession. I don't have any pain,swelling, or discomfort and I can barely tell the piercings are there at all until I look at them. My experience was excellent, and yes, I would do it over again. I HIGHLY recommend her. The piercings she performed on me are absolutely exquisite, Thank you soo much :)!!! ~C
February 15, 2012 - 7:59pm
after many months of research. i came across this website and the ifo was amazing. i emailed Elayne and and she referred me to Bink in Tallahassee Florida. i live close by and it was a amazing experience. Not only did i feel comfy i was impressed with His level of experience. also a Rn and that was good for me to know since i had a VCH done. the business was clean and sterile and the people very nice. Bink was so gentle and calm and it made me feel at ease. i was pierced in seconds and after leaving i knew it was the right choice. THANKS TO ELAYNE FOR THE REFERRAL!!!!!!
February 15, 2012 - 8:04am
This book is amazing. By far the most informative literature on piercings. Thank you Elayne.
February 14, 2012 - 2:40pm
For all those wannabe body modifiers out there, what are you waiting for? Well, the first thing you should do is purchase a copy of Elayne Angel's book "The Piercing Bible". Some of the most expensive lessons in life are gained through trial and error because of a lack of information, knowledge or education.
For the small price of $25 or less, you can obtain the wisdom of one of the preeminent piercer's of modern times! "The Piercing Bible" is a well constructed book that informs the uneducated, or even undecided piercee what they need to know prior to letting a piercer put his or her hands on you, what to expect after.
Elayne's book covers piercing from A-Z. Elayne initially covers such topics as piercer's motivations, piercing history, myths, and whether piercing is right for you. She then moves on to how to pick the right studio, preparations, and what to expect during the piercing process. And finally, Elayne covers "Jewelry 101", healing and aftercare, stretching, and living with your piercings. Elayne has an easy to read style, and the sidebars have great historical & educational significance.
It became very apparent to me that Elayne loves the art form of piercing and her desire to educate and inform us is her motivation for writing this book. Elayne is a pioneer in the industry and has personally invented many of the piercings currently being preformed in studios around the world. Her descriptions and illustrations of each type of piercing are an endless source of reference material for the individual seeking all types of piercing body modifications.
Additionally, though I have not met her in person, I have to tell you that she seems to be one special person. How many authors, or so called experts, will take the time to actually correspond with you? Elayne personally answers her email, and gives her options regarding your anatomy for certain types of piercing, and freely gives out referrals to local studios she knows are among the finest available.
Elayne makes you feel like she is your friend. Her knowledge is unquestionable, and she is a great person.
I recommend you support her with a purchase of her book.
February 10, 2012 - 2:00pm
Okay, so my first thing is that I wanted an APP certified shop, and this one is. I especially wanted that because I was getting a VCH piercing. Other than my ears (two holes done with piercing guns at a mall) I have never had any other piercings. After weeks of looking online at the piercing bible website, and reading reviews on shops, I chose Virtue and Vice in Atlanta GA. (A shop that Elayne Angel refers people to)
The consultation to make sure I was anatomically suited for the piercing took about 2 minutes, and the actual piercing (sterilization, piercing, inserting jewelry) took less than 2 minutes. They show you that every tool is sterilized, (using a StatimClave) and the shop is clean and well kept. They also have a wide selection of jewelry.
I'm on day two of having my piercing and it doesn't even hurt. I'll definitely be going back there again! (April Johnson was my piercer) I put inexpensive as the price, because for what you are getting, it's totally worth it. They have a full list of prices on their website. The piercing I got (VCH) was a $45 piercing, and the jewelry is $10 and up. You can probably go somewhere cheaper, BUT it won't be worth it.... AT ALL. You won't get the same technique or same level of sanitation somewhere else, You also won't have the same peace of mind that your piercing was done correctly.
Comment by angel
Great feedback about a great studio, and they deserve it! Just a point of semantics, but the Association of Professional Piercers (APP) is not a certifying agency. We are a non-profit educational organization with members who meet certain personal criteria, (such as training in bloodborne pathogens exposure and certification in CPR/First Aid), and environmental criteria. Plus they use quality body jewelry that meets certain standards for biocompatiblity. You can find more information on the APP website: http://www.safepiercing.org/
February 9, 2012 - 12:15pm
I've always wanted a VCH piercing, but unlike getting your ears pierced, it's not a body part I will entrust to any random shop-if your ear or nose is pierced wrong, it's a redo......but VCH? That's sacred territory, so I had to make sure I was going to have no regrets and get it done right the first time. I research doctors, waxers and hairstylists before using them-why not piercers? I am a perfectionist. I want the best.
Elayne Angels name kept coming up online. I am new to the "unconventional"piercing scene. No tattoos, only ears pierced, so I can't just start up a casual conversation about recommendations, my conservative friends would think I had lost my mind! After reading her site thoroughly, I came to the decision that she was the "chosen one"! If I could be patient.....it was October and she wasn't coming to Los Angeles til 2012. To top it off, after reading "The Piercing Bible", I decided a "triangle" sounded like something I wanted as well-didn't even know it existed til now-but if a piercing in the right spot can give me mind blowing feelings.....sign me up!
It was tough as patience is not my strong suit. Several times I almost cracked and let a local shop pierce me. I In November, I had my nipples pierced locally-and as I suspected......everytime I look in the mirror, I'm convinced the right side is crooked. Drives me nuts! But a confirmation that waiting for Elayne is the right decision! No way I'm letting anyone mess up this magical area-I will not look in the mirror everyday and wish I had it "done right" or even worse, jeopardize and sensations that go on in that area....which was part of my motivation in the first place.
I'm rambling.....flash forward to January 28th. The big day is finally here. I've saved all my penny's, but tell myself as in all aspects of life, you get what you pay for. Having already secured the $100 deposit, if suited for the 2nd piercing, all I need to do now, was chose jewlery-what girl doesn't like that? Prix was sooooo clean, I felt like I was there for a pap smear instead of a piercing-it's that sterile. Elayne has obviously done this a bizillion times, and her confidence makes you immediately at ease. As luck would have it, I was anatomically suited for both the VCH and the Triangle. So as Elayne sterilized the equipment, I had a brief "OMFG-what have I done?" moment-in my head only! After a few deep breathes, I focused and reminded myself of the end results and the game was on! She talked me through the whole process, told me exactly what I would feel and I won't lie -it hurt-but just like Elayne said-only a brief, sharp pinch, then she put a cooling towel on me and it was on to the next piercing. The whole process was fast, clean and as comfortable as possible. I went that night to see "Wicked" and had no pain, bleeding or any discomfort from sitting for long periods.
It's been almost 2 weeks now and I'm 100% satisfied. My only regret is not choosing the jewlery with pink stones on both ends-but that is changeable. I have 0 pain. The piercings look adorable, my husband loves how they sparkle. It's fun to have a little secret that only the two of us know about. The new sensations as a result of the piercings make it exciting as it heals. It is a huge relief to not worry that it's not healing right or in the right position. Just this peace of mind makes it worth every penny spent.
February 6, 2012 - 4:07pm
Elaine, I just wanted to write you a quick note and thank you so much for your piercing bible. I found it last October, and read it cover to cover before finally deciding on a triangle peircing. I did it yesterday at 23rd st body piercing, in oklahoma city. I see why you recommend them, their facility was a clean, comfortable, inviting and friendly invironment. The piercer there was thorough, explaining the technical and thoroughly checked to make sure my anatomy was well suited before even agreeing to do it. Once convinced I knew and understood what I was asking for and that I was in fact well suited, the process was fairly painless. I now have a beautiful piercing that looks just like your examples of a proper triangle piercing and is quite comfortable for a fresh piercing. Without your book, I never would have attempted this. It has been a very liberating experience for me, and was a tremendous step in reclaiming my body as my own. Since my rape in 2009 I have felt like a stranger in my body, yet this morning while looking at my peircing I actually smiled. :) I finally feel like I have tangible proof that I have stepped past that event and it will no longer be able to define who I am. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart. I may not have the pleasure of ever getting to know you personally, but you have given me a greater gift than you could ever imagine.
February 4, 2012 - 9:24am
just a very big thank you, for your experience and passion for what you do.I am very glad i waited a good while to get my piercings done by you....dubai is a long way from West Hollywood!!!Im healing wonderfully and honestly i never doubted it!You are a pro in your own right in every way possible and i would take another long trip any day if im ever to get another piercing.Great job
January 28, 2012 - 3:58am
Hi Elayne, I would like to thank you for the wonderful piercing experience in West Hollywood today (technically yesterday since it's after midnight now). I came across your site as I was searching piercing on google and it brought me here. I am glad that I came across your site and had lots of questions for you. You answered all of my questions in a very timely manner. As soon as I found out that you were going to be in Los Angeles, I just had to get a piercing done by you. I was super nervous and anxious to get my VCH pierced, but you helped calm my nervous by letting me know exactly what you were doing. The initial piercing hurt as I flinched and let out a loud OW! But after the piercing, the pain was nearly gone. She gives you all the instructions you need to know and if you have any questions to email her. I ordered her book and it opened my eyes to so many things I never knew before. I would totally recommend her book to anyone and recommend Elayne to anyone looking for a wonderful piercer. I can't wait for her to come back to LA again in the future, so I can get another piercing done by her. :)
January 25, 2012 - 11:33pm
Hello! I emailed you 3 weeks ago about my VCH piercing and what I suspected was granulation tissue. You asked me to let you know how my treatment turned out. For 3 weeks I applied tea tree oil, twice daily. The change was fairly dramatic. The piece of tissue was long enough that it protruded out from under my hood next to the bottom ball of my piercing. Within a week it had shrunk to half that size. Two weeks later, the last piece of tissue fell off and the red bump on the outside of the piercing is now completely healed. When the last piece of granulation tissue fell off, it bled a tiny bit. I used a styptic pencil to stop the bleeding and everything looks 100 percent now. I'll be leaving it alone for a couple more weeks to ensure that it's fully healed. But I can't tell you how thrilled I am with the results. And I wanted to thank you for being so reassuring. I was pretty bummed that I might lose the piercing, but you gave me the confidence to hang in there and be patient. Thank you!
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